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Carver Lake Park in Woodbury offers family-friendly amenities including a swimming beach and volleyball court, a picnic area, an accessible playground, and a bike trail. The park has restrooms available onsite. Leashed pets are allowed, but owners must pick up after them. Note: This is not the same park as Carver Park Reserve in Victoria.
Carver Lake Beach
The beach is unguarded. During swimming season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), park patrons are allowed to swim from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Because there is no lifeguard on duty, Woodbury parks reminds patrons to watch kids carefully when they are in or around the water, to teach them to swim and develop safety skills and to wear life jackets when appropriate
Carver Lake Campout
This park hosts an annual family campout each year. Families with kids ages 4-12 can camp at the park and participate in special activities in the evening and the next morning. The cost is $10/pp and pre-registration is required..
Carver Lake Park Off-Road Bike Trail
The bike trail at Carver Lake is 5 1/2 miles long. It will close when weather makes biking dangerous. It opens for winter riding once the trail freezes and the air temperature stay below freezing.
Volunteers maintain the trail throughout the year, usually on Wednesday evenings. Unauthorized trail work or trail building is prohibited. You can find a map here
Birthday Parties at Carver Lake Park
A large group picnic shelter is available to rent between April 15th and October 15th. It has 14 picnic tables, a charcoal grill and electricity. The shelter holds up to 112 people and costs $175 for residents or $275 for non-residents. There is also a $250 damage deposit required.
For more birthday party ideas we have created FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.
What Happened to Carver Lake Park Archery Range?
The archery range closed permanently April 18, 2017 due to intentional unsafe behavior by some users. The area will still be used for supervised youth archery courses through the parks department, but is no longer open to the public. The closest archery range is located at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. You can find other Archery Ranges around the Twin Cities HERE.
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